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"please select a root (/) partition before proceeding"

Postby doukkali03 on Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:19 pm

Hi folks, :D
I have tried to install Debian Mint but was stuck in the first stages when it gave "please select a root (/) partition before proceeding" message several times.
I cannot move forward even if I click on the partition.
I am desktop with Windows Xp on it. I used a bootable Debian mint DVD.
Any helps?
thanks
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Re: "please select a root (/) partition before proceeding"

Postby sagirfahmid3 on Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:48 pm

Easy. Do this:
1.When you come to the screen that says "Do you want to install alongside Windows XP?" or "Something else", click on "Something else".
2.Make 2 partitions--1 swap partition with 1GB, and 1 root partition with the space you allocated.
3.There is a drop down menu when you edit the partitions, for the root partition, select the mount point as "/"{slash}<---this means "root"

Proceed with the installation as usual.
Hope that helps.
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Re: "please select a root (/) partition before proceeding"

Postby doukkali03 on Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:09 pm

sagirfahmid3 wrote:Easy. Do this:
1.When you come to the screen that says "Do you want to install alongside Windows XP?" or "Something else", click on "Something else".
2.Make 2 partitions--1 swap partition with 1GB, and 1 root partition with the space you allocated.
3.There is a drop down menu when you edit the partitions, for the root partition, select the mount point as "/"{slash}<---this means "root"

Proceed with the installation as usual.
Hope that helps.

Thanks for your replay. There is no screen that says "Do you want to install alongside Windows XP?" may be you have a different version of Mint Debian
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Re: "please select a root (/) partition before proceeding"

Postby proxima_centauri on Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:49 pm

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You need to specify the partition to be used as "/". Try right-clicking and editing it to change the details.
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Re: "please select a root (/) partition before proceeding"

Postby DaveJ61 on Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:46 am

No, please be very careful otherwise you are going to over-write or damage your XP. It seems maybe that you other guys might not have installed this. I know a fair amount about linux, and this is not a very friendly install as it will throw you to gparted (a partition editor) - dangerous unless you know what you are doing.
Please read this blog I found, which highlights this and other issues concerning Mint Debian:-

http://mylinuxramblings.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/linux-mint-debian-edition-lmde-first-impressions-2/

Personally, I would try one of the Mint 13 versions, such as the Cinnamon or Mate varieties. These are much more user friendly and I have easily installed it alongside Windows 7.


Have fun...
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Re: "please select a root (/) partition before proceeding"

Postby zerozero on Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:24 am

Do not resurrect support threads older than 6 months, outdated information can cause issues with newer releases.
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